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Daniel Fells, New York Giants (October 19, 2014)

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DALLAS COWBOYS 31 – NEW YORK GIANTS 21

The New York Giants dropped their fourth game of the season, and second consecutive divisional game, to the Dallas Cowboys, 31-21. Below are several quick hits and tidbits from the Giant defeat, including stats and post-game notes.

Game Inactives
Dallas Cowboys

  • OLB Bruce Carter
  • DT Davon Coleman
  • DE Jack Crawford
  • OT Doug Free
  • DB Jakar Hamilton
  • OT Donald Hawkins

New York Giants

  • OT James Brewer
  • DT Jay Bromley
  • RB Rashad Jennings
  • OG Brandon Mosley
  • OG Adam Snyder
  • WR Corey Washington

NOTES:

Offense…

  • On the Giants second touchdown, quarterback Eli Manning hit tight end Daniel Fells for a 27-yard touchdown. The touchdown marked the eighth for a Giants tight end this season. The eight scores by the tight ends are the most by the positional group since 2009 when Kevin Boss caught six touchdowns and Darcy Johnson two. If another tight end catches a touchdown pass this season, it will mark the first time in more than two decades that the positional group had nine touchdowns or more.
  • For the third straight game, Eli Manning did not throw an interception. In 2013, Manning threw interceptions in all but three games. It is the first time Manning has gone three games without an interception since 2008.
  • Through the season’s first seven games, Eli Manning has thrown just five interceptions. At this point last year, Manning had thrown 15.
  • After catching just one pass the last two games, Larry Donnell caught seven passes for 90 yards. With Victor Cruz absent, the team used both Preston Parker and Odell Beckham Jr. in the slot.

Defense…

  • Jason Pierre-Paul had two sacks versus Dallas. It was his ninth multi-sack performance of his career and his first since Oct. 14, 2012 versus San Francisco.
  • Prince Amukamara and Jacquian Williams led the Giants with seven tackles each.
  • After allowing LeSean McCoy to run for 149 yards a week ago, Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray rushed for 128.
  • Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie started the game playing just third downs, but did not play the second half. Amukamara guarded Dez Bryant for the majority of the game. Bryant caught nine passes for 151 yards

Injuries…

  • Giants DT Cullen Jenkins left the game with a leg injury and was seen in a walking boot following the game. The Giants used both Markus Kuhn and Mike Patterson in his place.
  • Linebacker Jon Beason left the game in the first half and was taken back to the locker room for x-rays on his injured toe. The x-rays came back negative, but Beason did not return to the game.
  • Jason Pierre-Paul missed a few plays with an unknown injury, but returned to the game.
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Tom Coughlin, New York Giants (October 19, 2014)

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Good teams don’t make these plays.

On fourth and one, a good team’s offensive line won’t jump offsides. Trailing by seven in the fourth quarter, a good team’s tight end won’t fumble a ball after picking up a first down deep inside their own territory.

A good team’s tight end won’t fumble again with under a minute to play.

A good team won’t claim a game as a ‘Must Win,’ then get gashed for more than 400 yards on defense, including 156 on ground.

Maybe the New York Giants are what the preseason expectations stated they were: An average, to slightly below average, football team.

Sunday afternoon, the Giants lost their fourth game of the season – second in a row to a divisional opponent – falling to the Dallas Cowboys, 31-21. The loss dropped New York’s record to 3-4, 1-2 in the NFC East and 2-4 in the conference.

“We had opportunities,” Giants coach Tom Coughlin said. “We couldn’t stop them when we had to stop them.”

Odell Beckham, New York Giants (October 19, 2014)

Odell Beckham – © USA TODAY Sports Images

In the first half, New York looked to be ready for the divisional fight many expected. After Dallas took the lead on a first quarter touchdown pass from Tony Romo to tight end Gavin Escobar, the Giants scored 14 unanswered points.

Quarterback Eli Manning marched the Giants 71 yards in 10 plays, capping the drive off on a nine-yard touchdown to rookie wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. After a Prince Amukamara interception got the Giants the ball back five plays later, Manning took just one play to get New York back in the endzone.

At the Dallas 27 yard line, Manning rolled out on a play fake and found tight end Daniel Fells for the score. Manning finished 21-of-33 for 248 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions. It was the third straight game Manning did not turn the ball over.

But the Giants lead was short lived. On the ensuing possession, Tony Romo hit Terrance Williams for a 18-yard touchdown to tie the game. In the second half, Dallas snapped the 14-14 tie when Romo found Escobar for a 26-yard touchdown past Zack Bowman.

With the Giants down seven, Manning looked to march the team on a game-tying drive, but quickly the one-possession game turned into two. Facing a third and 8, Manning fired a pass over the middle to Larry Donnell.

Daniel Fells, New York Giants (October 19, 2014)

Daniel Fells – © USA TODAY Sports Images

As Donnell fought forward for the first, the tight end fumbled the ball. Dallas recovered and four plays later, DeMarco Murray ran in from a yard out to put Dallas up, 28-14. After allowing LeSean McCoy to rush for a season-high 149 yards, Murray tallied 128 on the ground against New York.

Murray has now tied an NFL record with seven 100 yard rushing games in a season, and set the NFL record for most 100 yard rushing games to start the year.

With Dallas leading 28-14, Manning marched the Giants 80 yards in 11 plays, taking 3:43 off the clock, before finding Beckham for his second touchdown of the game.

Facing a fourth and goal at the five, Manning hit Beckham on a slant. Beckham finished with four catches four 34 yards and two touchdowns.

With New York back in the game, it turned to its defense to get a stop and give Manning the ball back, but those hopes never materialized. Romo took Dallas on a 10-play drive, eating up 4:29 of the clock. Dan Bailey capped the drive with a 49-yard field goal, putting Dallas up 10 with under a minute to play.

With little hope left, New York fumbled away its final chance when Donnell was stripped for a second time.

New York (3-4) will have a bye next week while Dallas (6-1) will host the Washington Redskins (2-5).

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October 17, 2014 New York Giants Injury Report: RB Rashad Jennings (knee) did not practice on Friday. Jennings has been ruled out of the game against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday.

CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (back/hamstring) and LB Spencer Paysinger (hamstring) practiced on a limited basis. Both are officially “questionable” for the game.

“(Rodgers-Cromartie) practiced, he got out there, and did some things, moved around, said he felt pretty good,” said Head Coach Tom Coughlin. “We will see what it looks like, what the morning brings.”

LB Jon Beason (toe) and P Steve Weatherford (left ankle) fully practiced. Both are “probable” for the game.

Victor Cruz Vows to Return: WR Victor Cruz, who suffered a devastating season-ending and potentially career-threatening knee injury last Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles, addressed the media on Friday for the first time since the injury. Cruz underwent surgery on Monday to repair the torn patella tendon in his right knee.

“I will be back,” said Cruz. “I don’t have any doubt that my rehab process will be successful. I will be in tip-top shape and ready to go when the time is right. I don’t have any doubt in my mind, I have never been bred that way, I never just believed in doubt. I always believed in whatever I can put my mind to, whatever God has enabled me to do, or whatever He has planned for me is going to happen. I think that is what fuels me, I don’t have any doubt that I will come back from this injury in a positive way.

“I’m excited about the rehab process and getting back to my old self, my normal self. The next couple days I just want to continue to go in there and get my rehab, continue to be a voice in the locker room with my peers, with my teammates and just continue to be a good teammate. Even though I’m not physically out on the field, I still want to be able to talk to those guys and make sure I continue to be a voice. I’m headed in the right direction.

“The (doctors) said my chances of coming back are very high. They just told me I’d be in a brace for about six weeks and then just to begin the rehab process. It could go from anywhere from four to eight months for a full recovery. I’m just excited for the process, excited to challenge every day, challenge myself every day to get better and do things better until I’m 100 percent again.”

Cruz said that fellow teammates CB Zack Bowman and WR Marcus Harris had the same injury.

“They just told me to be patient,” Cruz said. “It’s something that you can come back from, it’s something that if you strengthen it properly and you do the due diligence as far as the rehab is concerned, you can come back strong, you can come back faster and you won’t even think about it come a couple months down the road. You’ll be playing and not even thinking about anything below your kneecap. I’m excited for that and they just reassured me that this is something that I can come back from and it’s something that won’t hinder my abilities moving forward as well.

“That is my goal (to be ready by training camp). Even before that, I want to be able to start training properly, start training my body properly for training camp, and I will think I will definitely be ready by then. I think I will be ready to do all of the good things to continue to be my old self come training camp next year.

“A lot of the guys (on the Giants) are telling me when they get in the end zone, they’re going to do the salsa for me and stuff like that. It’s pretty humbling, for sure. It’s just something that shows me what type of impact I’ve had on my teammates on the team. It just feels good, man, it feels good to know that those guys are on my side and they’re rooting for me to come back stronger and in the meantime, they’re going to hold down the fort.”

Cruz also revealed that he taped a video message for his teammates that will be played on Saturday night in the team’s hotel.

“They will be getting a message from me on Saturday night about motivation and staying strong and continuing to move forward with the season and with the things they have to do as a team,” Cruz said. “Accomplishing team goals, even with some setbacks and the injuries on our team and just little things like that. They will be getting a message from me. Throughout the week, being in the facility, I have spoken to a lot of them and showed them that I am smiling and am in good spirits and that I am continuing to be the same person I am even though I am fighting through this rehab period right now.”

Cruz said he plans to continue to help his teammates despite the injury.

“There are definitely things that I can do individually that I’m going to do, like pop up in the locker room, pop up in the receiver meeting rooms,” Cruz said. “I’m on text message with all of my receivers and a lot of my teammates already, so just continuing to do that, continuing to be a voice for them. Good, bad, whatever they feel, they can talk to me about it and just continuing that trend.”

October 17, 2014 Tom Coughlin Press Conference: The video from Friday’s press conference with Head Coach Tom Coughlin is available at Giants.com.

Giants.com Q&A with Head Coach Tom Coughlin: The Coughlin Corner: How to Bounce Back by Michael Eisen of Giants.com

October 17, 2014 New York Giants Player Media Q&As: Video clips of Friday’s media Q&A sessions with the following players are available at Giants.com:

  • WR Rueben Randle (Video)
  • WR Kevin Ogletree (Video)
  • DE Jason Pierre-Paul (Video)
  • S Antrel Rolle (Video)

Article on Head Coach Tom Coughlin: Tom Coughlin uses Patriots as example of how NY Giants can bounce back from blowout loss by Ebenezer Samuel of The New York Daily News

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